Theory of knowledge 2

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"History is part myth, part hope and part reality." Discuss this quote in relation to History and to at least one other field of study.

The study of history has been and will continue to play a major part in the lives of every individual and every community. Our history is our identity telling us where we come from, what we are and what our forefathers did and therefore plays a major in role in our constant search for knowledge and understanding of each other. The most common definition for history is "a) the study of past events, esp. human affairs b) the total accumulation of past events especially in relation to human affairs or to the accumulation of developments connected with a particular nation, person, thing etc. c) a continuous usually chronological record of important or public events." In the second part of the definition the key words are "past events especially in relation to human affairs".

History is written by and recorded by humans and there is always an element of bias in it. Because of this we can say that History itself is a very complicated and interesting maze of events which give us hope for the future, insight into the reality that is mankind and the fiction of how the events of our time have been portrayed.

Reality is often a word that we regularly settle on in connection with History. It is our first thought; it is all the events in the past. For example we know that the Second World War ended in 1945 as in the same way we know that there were British colonies in Asia and Africa. We accept it as a fact but at the same time do we accept it at the same level. Is what I have learnt...